An Examination of Conscience for Advent
Have you ever noticed how good we can be at noticing other people’s weaknesses, while still having a blind spot for our own? Fortunately, God is familiar with this tendency. Continue »
Proclaiming the Salvation of Christ today
One Christmas I was assisting at the midnight Mass presided over by the pope in St. Peter’s. It was time to intone the Roman Martyrology for the day of Christmas: Continue »
I Found My Home In The Church
Advent is all about welcome—about preparing a way for the Lord and being received as members of Jesus’ family gathered at the manger. It’s about recognizing Christ in the people around us and welcoming them as openly as he would. It’s about removing every barrier and obstacle to the Spirit’s work. Continue »
Set some goals for Advent.
Every parent knows this scenario: you go into your child’s bedroom and say, “Rise and shine! Time to get up for school.” Continue »
A heavenly perspective can change your earthly life.
Have you ever noticed how much being in love can change someone? Think, for instance, of a man and woman engaged to be married. Their hearts are consumed with thoughts of one another. Continue »
A Forever Kind of Love
I keep the LORD always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices. (Psalm 16:8, 9) Continue »
Prepare now—in trust and joy—and Jesus at your side.
All of us will face the cold reality of death one day. It makes no difference where we live, how wealthy we are, or how much influence we have. Continue »
Ridding our hearts of the sin of Pride
Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) Continue »
A lesson from the life of St. Francis
What is the key to good relationships? Trust, acceptance, respect, and love are certainly necessary. But every day we face sins and temptations that threaten to prevent us from giving and receiving the love and respect that are so vital. And experience tells us how easy it can be to give in or surrender to these temptation—and hurt the ones we love in the process. Continue »
Grounding our life in the Eucharist gives us hope even in the face of death.
The inevitability of death can cause us to respond in different ways. Some choose to entertain themselves regularly so that they never have to contemplate their mortality. Continue »
September 29th is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels.
Most names don’t reveal very much about the person who carries them. But that’s not true of the angels whom we honor. Michael, whose name means “Who is like God,” is known for his great power in fighting against Satan and his demons. Gabriel’s name means “strength,” and he certainly gave strength to Mary when he told her she would be the Mother of God (Luke 1:28). Raphael’s name means “healer,” and he is the one who cured Tobit’s blindness (Tobit 11). Continue »
The Lord might have a difficult word for you to share.
It’s often difficult to speak the truth in love to our friends and families. Such words can be difficult to both give and accept. But doing so enhances the virtue of humility in both the one who is speaking those words and the one who is hearing them. In fact, we do not love our neighbor when we fail to speak charitable words of correction when necessary. Continue »
David shows us how to rise above fear and never lose hope.
How do you react in the face of a danger that seems to loom large? It could be a threat on the global stage, like international terrorism, war, economic crisis, natural disaster, or news of a possible flu epidemic. Continue »
God wants to mold us into his people
"O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay and you the potter: We are all the work of your hands." (Isaiah 64:7) This well-known image from Scripture gives us a good idea of the way God wants to shape our lives with his grace. Just as a potter shapes a lump of clay into a vessel, so God wants to shape us into vessels of his grace—vessels that can hold his divine grace and pour that grace out to the people around us. Continue »
"And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:8-9).
This Sunday, the 14th of September, is the Feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, formerly known as the Triumph of the Cross. Continue »